Employment at ArtCenter

Career and Professional Development

Director, Career and Professional Development

The Director of Career and Professional Development provides strategy and leadership direction in the development, implementation and administration of comprehensive career and professional development program/services for students and alumni to achieve higher value-added educational outcomes, employment, career progression opportunities, and to develop their leadership potential and capabilities.

In addition, this position will work closely with the Vice President, Professional Development / Industry Engagement on industry partner support and cultivation to develop seamless engagement strategies for these key partnerships.

Reports to: Vice President, Professional Development / Industry Engagement

FLSA status: Exempt

Job posted on 9/8/2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send cover letter with resume and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Director, CPD” in the subject line.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, business, or related field from an accredited college or institution
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in Career Development in a higher education environment or relatively similar environment
  • Knowledge of current technologies and developing trends in career services inside and outside higher education
  • Proficient with desktop computers and demonstrated experience in use of database maintenance and web based technology to produce related reports
  • Management and supervisory experience with proven leadership and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and public speaking skills required
  • Must possess problem solving skills, flexibility and able to handle multiple responsibilities and competing demands
  • Demonstrated leadership in career development, experiential education, employee relations, staff development, current technology, and understanding change management
  • Demonstrated understanding of the recruitment and employment practices of corporate, small-business, governmental, and not-for-profit agencies
  • Ability to assess career development needs of student/alumni population and provide effective services and programs
  • Ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion and recognizes the confidential nature of ArtCenter business
  • Demonstrated experience in and a commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish  and maintain effective working relationships within ArtCenter’s diverse communities; students, alumni, faculty, administrators and employers
  • Ability to travel and attend night and weekend activities as needed

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, counseling, business, or related field from an accredited college or institution
  • Experience in art and design education
  • Specific knowledge of the art and design-related employment market
  • Working knowledge and sensitivity to career aspirations of the creative community

Essential Functions

Operational — 50%

  • Develop innovative strategies to enhance the Career and Professional Development department, including long-range planning and assessment
  • Manage a comprehensive career development program for students and alumni with the goal of helping students secure professional jobs upon graduation
  • Motivate, empower, and manage staff in accomplishing the goals and objectives of the Office in partnership with the Vice President, Professional Development / Industry Engagement
  • Oversee recruitment, hiring, orientation, training and supervision of departments’ staff; oversee performance evaluation process, ensuring consistent use of all applicable policies and procedures; counsel, discipline and makes recommendations in terminations, as required
  • Assess existing services and programs to determine effectiveness; ensure the delivery of high quality services and programs oriented toward the success of students and alumni; evaluate programs and procedures for the most efficient and effective delivery of services; initiate periodic review and revision of office policies, procedures and forms
  • Interact and build relationships with diverse constituencies (students, alums, chairs, faculty, staff) to promote, facilitate and deliver services of the Career and Professional Development Office
  • Partner with the Center for Educational Effectiveness to develop strategic assessment tools to gauge the impact and scope of our students and alumni career trajectories
  • Identify, develop and integrate technology to increase the quality of services and programs
  • Work with the department coordinator on managing the employer database, developing new industry relationships while retaining existing ones, developing robust online career resource library, and marketing the services of the office to employers and other partners
  • Oversee maintenance of online job and internship posting service for students and alumni and research new digital tools for our community
  • Partner and work with faculty, alumni, development, marketing and communications, industry engagement and campus administrators to identify internships, employment opportunities for students and share these outcomes with our community
  • Manage the Career and Professional Development budget and provide day-to-day oversight of the office

Training and Programing — 40%

  • Develop programs and strategies that meet the ongoing career and professional needs of our students and graduates
  • Conceptualize, implement, conduct and evaluate career development workshops and presentations for students and alumni, both on campus and online
  • Collaborate with faculty to infuse curriculum with career development experiences
  • Manage and provide direction for the Office of Career and Professional Development programs, such as Power Hour Presentations and related content, career workshops, digital resource content, dotJOBS and Dot Exchange Mentor Program
  • Promote career development through presentations and resources at new student orientation, family orientation, and first-year experience programs
  • Collaborate with student affairs office and academic departments providing career support, preparatory workshops, in-class visits and promoting the resources of the office at various internal school programs and events

Counseling — 5%

  • Manage and grow the career counseling and guidance services provided, including job search skills, portfolio development, professional protocol and etiquette, presentation skills
  • Conduct workshops and teach students and alumni to develop a comprehensive job search and related professional job documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters, Thank You notes)
  • Build and maintain graduate school and other post-graduate resources

Other duties — 5%

  • Maintain memberships and active involvement in applicable professional organizations
  • Serve on college-wide committees
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor; interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, chemicals, dust and noise.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 20 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.

Updated 07/2017

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.